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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

bottled
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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled. A cask version at 5.8% is produced in October and November.
"Elderberry Black Ale"
Introduced to Scotland by Welsh druids in the 9th Century, elderberry black ale was part of the Celtic Autumn festivals when the "elders" would make this strong ale and pass the drink round the people of the village. The recipe was taken from a 16th Century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands. Elderberries were used for many natural remedies to cure sciatica, other forms of neuralgia, influenza and rhumatism as they contain tannins and fruit oils.
Ebulum is made from roasted oats, barley and wheat boiled with herbs then fermented with ripe elderberries.
A rich black ale with fruit aroma, silky soft texture,soft roasted flavour and gentle finish.
Recommended with stewed and baked foods.
Drink lightly chilled from a straight glass.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (521) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt with subtle elderberry. Same taste. Light-medium body. Stout-ish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
EyeAmBaldman (246) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge and a light tan head. Aroma is alcohol, roasted malt, sweet smokiness and figs. Taste is smoky and sweet with a touch of coffee bitterness. Finishes fairly smooth with a dark fruit aftertaste. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (3420) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2014
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear dark brown, red tinge. Aroma has a strange smokey note, fruit and light roast malt. Taste has toffee sweetness, little else. Kinda falls away to nothing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3198) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Andersons’ Columbus bottle. Very dark almost black pour but almost no head. Aroma is dark roasted malt and coffee. Light mouthfeel. Flavor is a touch simple with just coffee. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
leebotton (204) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Pours deep brown with no head. Aroma of rich chocolate and dark fruit like dates or damson, almost wine-like. Subtle hint of roast coffee / dark malts too. Strong smelling, like delicious nail varnish remover. Flavour mroe cerealy.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
From bottle. Dark brown-black clear with thin head. Nice boozy-fruity nose with light roasted barley and a little Tootsie Roll. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with thin alcohol and light elderberry flavor. Tootsie Roll and some chocolate notes. Carbonic tang. Watery finish and thin after.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1401) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
330ml bottle from Dobbies Garden Centre! - Dark black body, thin white head, looks ordinary. Nose though is ripe berries, liquorice, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is a sweet berry and roast nut fest, lots of espresso notes there too, and palate is nice and oily. A great surprise from a garden centre!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3847) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2014
330ml bottle. Ruby red glowing, almost black colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Slightly roasty dark malty aroma, a touch of smoke, herbs, a fruity touch of dark/blue berries. Taste is minimally sweet fruit with hints of blueberry, a herbal touch, hints of roast; oily texture, soft palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (506) - ROMANIA - JAN 19, 2014
33cl bottle @ Beer Zone. Pours black with a small beige head. Sweet , roasted malt and a bit winy aroma which is great. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt with notes of elderberries.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElDesmadre (1577) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Dubbel-ish in aroma, stout-ish in taste. Biscuit malts, a light roasted note that becomes stronger as the beer warms, a bit chocolatey as well. The aroma also has a strong red wine quality to it. Notes of flowers and berries (redcurrant, blueberry) that go really well with the dark malts. The taste is different. The floral and fruity notes move to the back, the beer becomes more malty, in the finish even roasted-cofeeish. It is also leaning unexpectedly on the dry side of things, has much less body than fathomed. Slightl;y biting carbo and overall impression. Well, i is complex surely, interesting as well, but ’only’ merely good.


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